Boston Bruins News: Noel Acciari signing is a steal

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 20: Noel Acciari
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 20: Noel Acciari /

The Boston Bruins signed Noel Acciari to a great deal on Wednesday.

It doesn’t take an expert to know what kind of player Noel Acciari is for the Boston Bruins. With 7 points in 52 career NHL games, he’s clearly your typical 4th line energy guy, or grinder.

There are only a few other players on today’s roster that embody the “Big Bad Bruins” image better, and while I usually advocate for this team to get faster and more skilled, I actually like this signing.

Two years at 725,000 per year doesn’t break the bank at all, so Pastrnak can still easily be signed. The only possible hiccup I see is the one-way business, as it does give the team less roster flexibility down the road.

So why do I Like Acciari?

Okay, he won’t dangle around the another team’s defense, but that’s not to say he doesn’t contribute.

The most obvious example of Acciari’s value is his hitting, it’s impossible to watch this guy play without noticing it. As someone who has played hockey his entire life, I’ve played my fair share of Noel Acciaris.

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Having that guy who you know is gonna hammer you at the end of every play causes issues for any player. He rushes your decisions and forces mistakes, which lead to goals.

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It goes further than that though.

As an undrafted free agent, Noel Acciari was forced to battle at every step up the ladder. He wasn’t gifted with the skills or large frame of other NHL prospects, so he had to find other ways to succeed.

He became a smarter player and put everything into the shifts he got. By doubling down on the fundamentals, Acciari became every high school coaches dream.

He’s the guy who never gives up on a play. That old school mentality has carried him all the way to hockey’s highest level.

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The passion he bring to the ice is both evident and remarkable, and for that reason I can’t wait to watch him for two more years.